Going digital with the Peace Superheroes (by Marianne Perez de Fransius, Meg Villanueva and Sabrina Patrick-Urrutia)


A group of 9 and 10-year olds were playing in the park.

One of the younger boys had climbed pretty high up on the jungle gym and was trying to show off by making it look like he was going to jump from so high up.

He hadn’t anticipated though that the kids on the ground would start egging him on. “Come on Johnny! Show us if you really are that brave! You’ve gotta jump! Come on!”

Johnny was stuck: if he jumped, he ran a serious risk of injuring himself; if he didn’t, he faced near certain ridicule of the kind only middle schoolers can dish out. “You look sooo scared Johnny! Ha!” And in response to that unbearable truth Johnny jumped the two meters, twisting his ankle, but saving his pride.

In witnessing this banal playground conflict, Marianne Perez de Fransius saw many opportunities for how this bullying incident could have been peacefully transformed.

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